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  • Wood shingles and shakes are perennial favorites for roofs because of their natural, rustic appearance.
  • They are from cedar, redwood, southern pine and other woods.
  • Wood shingles have smooth, machine-sawn surfaces and are thinner than shakes with a life expectancy of 15 to 25 years.
  • Shakes are either sawn or hand-split for a more rugged appearance and they are expected to last up to 50 years.
  • Some local building codes limit the use of wood shingles and shakes because of concerns about fire resistance.
  • Many wood shingles and shakes only have Class C fire ratings or no ratings at all. However, Class A fire ratings are available for certain wood shingle products that incorporate a factory-applied, fire-resistant treatment.
  • Fancy-cut wood shingles are available in a variety of shapes, including fish-scale, cove, and V-cut patterns.